‘Manhunt: UNABOMBER’ premieres tonight on Discovery

sketch of the Unabomber

This artist’s sketch of the Unabomber was based on a witness who saw a man place a bomb in Utah. The FBI found sunglasses and a hooded jacket inside Theodore Kaczynski’s cabin. (Federal Bureau of Investigation/Courtesy The Associated Press)

For over 20 years, a cabin in the Montana wilderness served as the home of Ted Kaczynski, also known as the “Unabomber.” It was a hiding place from which he sent homemade bombs across the country, targeting universities, airlines and computer stores, killing three people and injuring 23 others. That cabin now resides in the Newseum’s exhibit, “Inside Today’s FBI: Fighting Crime in the Age of Terror.”

The story of the FBI’s search for the Unabomber continues to fascinate the American public. That fascination has led to the Discovery Channel’s gripping new show, “Manhunt: UNABOMBER,” which premieres tonight, Aug. 1, at 9 p.m. In an eight-part series, “Manhunt: UNABOMBER” chronicles the hunt for and capture of the Unabomber. Discovery is excited to bring the story to life by showcasing the Newseum’s real-life relics from the case.

Viewers will find themselves entangled in this scripted true crime drama, following the FBI as it tracks down the Unabomber in a race to stop more attacks. After Kaczynski sent long-winded manifestos to The New York Times and The Washington Post, the FBI urged the papers to publish his words in the hope someone might be tipped off to his identity. This strategy proved successful, as the Unabomber’s own brother recognized his ideas and writing style.

Tune in to Discovery tonight at 9 p.m. to watch the first installment of “Manhunt: UNABOMBER,” and don’t forget to visit the Newseum to see the Unabomber cabin and other artifacts that explore the FBI’s role in keeping our nation safe.

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